As many of you know, the music community suffered what I will contend is one of the greatest losses to the music world in the 21st century. World Famous, Bluegrass mastermind, music genius, renaissance man, and music influencer, Earl Scruggs passed away. The news is tragic; however, Earl lived what can only be called an amazingly fruitful life and his musical legacy is dramatic, massive, and eternal. We will forever the three finger banjo pick because of Scruggs.
Earl Scruggs, was a the bluegrass banjo player who gathered incredible acclaim for his precise, emotional, and characteristic picking technique. His style of bluegrass, with no exaggeration, influenced generations of players and helped shape the sound of 20th-century music. Probably best known for his partnership with Lester Flatt, Scruggs and Flatt played in a famous group known as the Foggy Mountain Boys and in the 40’s recorded what would come to be known as the apex of their sound and style with the recording of the now untouchable famous song, “Foggy Mountain Breakdown.” From his earliest days to his latter days, Earl Scruggs shared his love of music, playing traditions, thirst to innovate, and passion for collaboration with all of those who were fortunate enough to watch or play music with him.
Today’s Jam of the day is in honor of the man, the legend: Earl Scruggs. Rest in Peace Earl Eugene Scruggs (January 6, 1924 – March 28, 2012)